Comic creator sues over ‘Heroes’ plot

Comic creator Jason Barnes has filed a $60m (£41m) lawsuit against NBC and Tim Kring’s Tailwind Productions over a Heroes storyline. Barnes – also known as Jazan Wild – claims that the travelling carnival that appeared in the final season of the show is virtually identical to the one depicted in his book Jazan Wild’s Carnival Of Souls.

“The settings and the storylines are virtually the same,” the complaint reads. “The main character in both stories leads a carnival of lost souls and outcasts. This dark character seeks to make his carnival more powerful by recruiting new members with special abilities.

“The appearance of some of the characters is also virtually identical to those in the plaintiff’s books… Even the dialogue is similar. Indeed, some of the scenes in Heroes appear as if the plaintiff’s books were used as storyboards by the defendants.”

Barnes wishes to prevent NBC from rebroadcasting the drama and is seeking punitive damages for copyright infringement, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, unfair competition and unjust enrichment, as well as compensation.

Heroes has previously been criticised for borrowing elements from comics such as The Uncanny X-Men and Watchmen.

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